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    Thumbs down Free programs to view/extract iPhone backup files
    I am just wondering if there are any free software which let the user open/view/extract/edit an iphone backup file? Please let me know if there is any??

    I know there is a paid version but I hate buying dodgy software online. I've been ripped a few times cause the software didn't work or does not work as described. PayPal wont refund my money because its not from eBay... even though if its a fraud.

    Thank you in advance..
    AN,

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    Hi Applenut

    There's a free download of the iPhone Backup Extractor at iphonebackupextractor.com. I can vouch for it not being dodgy... I wrote it. Always happy to help users, even if they don't buy the paid version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afitzpatrick View Post
    Hi Applenut

    There's a free download of the iPhone Backup Extractor at iphonebackupextractor.com. I can vouch for it not being dodgy... I wrote it. Always happy to help users, even if they don't buy the paid version.
    I've just downloaded this program. It looks great and everything, but, no offence, you shouldn't be claiming that it's free, because it's not. I went to extract my contacts, and was told it would only extract four (out of 462) unless I bought a one-year license for fifteen pounds! I don't mind paying for software, but I do mind being effectively deceived about a program's functionality - and 15 for one year is very steep.

    CP

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    Quote Originally Posted by isokrates View Post
    I've just downloaded this program. It looks great and everything, but, no offence, you shouldn't be claiming that it's free, because it's not. I went to extract my contacts, and was told it would only extract four (out of 462) unless I bought a one-year license for fifteen pounds! I don't mind paying for software, but I do mind being effectively deceived about a program's functionality - and 15 for one year is very steep.

    CP

    Hi isokrates,

    We are concerned that you felt you were deceived about our software? We try our best and feel we convey exactly what our application does on our website (iphonebackupextractor.com/free-download/), terms and conditions and in our help and support sections. Our aim is to help, not confuse or deceive, apologies if this has been the case for you.

    The application is free to use for personal use and can extract any available file stored in the backups created by iTunes. There are limitations to the number of files that can be extracted at one time and conversion of certain types of data into usable formats as you mention. But with a bit of research and knowledge which we provide great initial support for on the website, most data is obtainable with the free app. For example contacts which you wish to extract are stored in the Addressbook.sqlitedb file which is available to extract with the app. Then using a free SQLite manager you can read or export the contacts name and numbers etc. We even supply information on the website about the file and where it is stored on the computer and links to the SQLite managers to access the file.

    It really depends on what suits your needs, if you know what you doing or happy to spend time researching how, use the free software. If your time is more valuable or you are not technically minded, interested in working with the files or have issues with corrupt backups the registered software and support maybe better suited. We have many users retrieving third party app files, pass-codes, location services, bookmark histories etc. all for free, we don't make anyone purchase and if asked for help we do our best to point people in the right direction.

    Lastly on the point you made about "15 for one year is very steep". This cost is for the initial software licence and includes email support and software upgrades for 12 months. Once purchased the application is available to use at the last licensed version without restriction. Put in context of the free app as mentioned, whether the data is important, if your time is worth more to you or if you need advanced technical support, this is an individual's choice for us to respect.

    A

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    You can get it for free
    Last edited by jasvncnt10; 08-23-2011 at 12:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasvncnt10 View Post
    You can get it for free
    Jasvncnt10: if by getting it free you mean downloading it from the website - as I just said, the functionality is limited. If you mean downloading a cracked version - I know that, but that is reinforcing my point.

    AColes: I understand (and am in fact grateful for your concern); I assure you I didn't mean to be a **** about it. All I'm saying is I went to the website, and was immediately greeted with the words "free download" and "powerful free version", as well as "no spyware or ads", which invites the interpretation that it is in fact a totally free program. I do honestly think it's a bit silly to limit the contact extraction to four at a time, as most people do have at least a couple of hundred names in their 'phone book. This is like those programs you can get to move music from your iPod to your PC, or some of the early spyware-removal programs: a case of carrot ('look at all the things I can do for you') and stick ('for a previously-unmentioned price'). I appreciate that the option is there to extract the contacts file with the app if one knows what one is doing, but a couple of days ago when I was frantically trying to restore some numbers to my 'phone, I really didn't - the app (understandably) doesn't explain how to circumvent its functionality, and I didn't know enough about the structure of the backup to realise this was an option.

    As for the annual license thing - I've never needed to use this before, and I really hope I don't need to use it many times in the coming year, so I stand by my comment that it's a lot of money for support. I buy lots of apps on Cydia for what, a dollar or two, and every time I've e-mailed a developer with an issue they've got back to me quickly and helpfully, even though I've only given them enough money to buy a packet of crisps.

    In sum, I think I got frustrated because the program is all over Google and download sites as free software, and in some cases even freeware, and I'm not of the opinion that 'free download but with limited functionality' falls within the definition of freeware. I think you've made a great program, but I resent the fact that I only found out that I had to pay for it once it had already analysed my backup and showed me the files that could be mine. Once again, I don't mean to sound unreasonable - it's just how I reacted after several hours of frustrated fiddling around with a backup file, and I imagine it's how other people would react if they, too, had spent a long time unsuccessfully looking for a way to restore their data.

    Anyway, good luck, and all the best,

    Chris

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    Well that is very common, lots of software sites promise to do what they describe and after buying the software you come to know that you are unable to avail those features of the software which were described. in such case the demo version will help you a lot, such software which have its demo version will help you to view and extract the contents of your iPhone backup. When you are satisfied with the results of the software, then you can easily buy the license for the software.

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    I tried supercrazyawesome's extractor, it's free and works rather well,
    Last edited by aniphonish; 09-21-2012 at 07:47 PM.
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    I just found How to extract your contacts from iPhone or iTunes backup - Funky Kit for someone and it worked for them. Not tried it myself but got them out of a sticky situation.
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    hi all im new to this forum and iphones but im trying to extract and read sms, contacts and call history
    from itunes backup . i am trying iphone extracter free to see if it works before buying but while i got 4 contacts and some sms photos but on text sms i just get 'select a program to open with' message.
    what programs will read this files so i can restore them to my laptop.
    can anyone reconmend a prog which will extract sms text in a readable form . hope this makes sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjalistbal View Post
    I had the EXACT same problem today!

    Anyone who can post ideas would be greatly appreciated...
    Did you download the Mac or Windows version? Do you have a Mac or windows computer? or something else?
    Did you download it from Free download to extract backup files with the iPhone Backup Extractor ?
    It is very difficult to help with so little information.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyson View Post
    I restored my Iphone but ran out of disc space on C:/ when I restored my backup. When I connected my Iphone again – it made a fresh backup of the restoed “clean” Iphone. How can I get hold of the previous backup?
    Right click on your phone's name in iTunes when it is connected to your computer.
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    are you using iCloud? if so it stores several copies of your backup unless you manually delete them. go into iCloud, then storage and backup, then manage storage then you will see the backups you have saved.

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    Any useful free programs to view/extract iPad backup files?

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    Hi ,
    Please take yourself with ease. We see that this occasion we can come across now and then accidently, Jihosoft iTunes Backup Extractor Free will do you great favor to solve this problem utterly.

    Free iTunes Backup Extractor - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

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